The Beaver Area School Board voted Monday night to move forward with construction of a new indoor pool to house their 32-student swim team at a cost of up to $5 million. Board members also approved a bond issuance that will saddle district taxpayers with $9.5 million in new debt.
The board’s decision will bring the district’s total debt up to approximately $45 million, with yearly debt service payments reaching $3 million.
District administrators have identified $13 million in needed facility renovations and upgrades not including the pool. Officials have said insufficient insulation in the high school is leading to ceiling-damaging condensation, and the building is in need of a new roof and sidewalks. Labs in the district have been described as “ancient” and in desperate need of renovation.